Spring arrivals

Sunday, April 10th 2011

The day started glorious and just kept getting better.  Our ringing team was here today and although it was a quieter day there were still some Redpolls and Brambling around. There were also Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs singing loudly and Blackcaps were in evidence too with their bubbly, warbling song.

We have two pairs of Greylags that have been around for a while with a pair showing signs of nest building on the lake.

Greylags nesting

The Blackthorn is in full bloom along Risedale Beck where myriads of Peacock Butterflies were sunning themselves. 

butterfly on the blossom

One of our visitors saw this plant on the path toward the Wetland Hide. As yet it is unidentified and we would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions.

large sawfly

Yesterday members of the RSPB, who were attending a conference in York came for a visit.  They were shown around the Reserve by John, Paul, John and Sandra.

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